BHUBANESWAR: More than six lakh students in 4,000 government schools in the state will be on a technological high with the launch of the ambitious e-vighyala programme, which was inaugurated by chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
Opened under the Odhisha Madhyamik Shiksha mission (OMSM), the scheme – ICT@school – aims at taking classroom education one step ahead.
Each of these schools will have an ICT Lab that will have 12 computers, an interactive board, a high-end integrated computer which will have of projector, television and audio-visual facilities. A total 187 schools in the city will have such ICT labs. The first classroom was inaugurated at Unit-IX Boys’ High School.
Students interacted with Chief Minster via internet and it was a nice experience.”We interacted with the chief minister through the Internet and it was a really nice experience,” said Debashis Sahu, a Class IX student of the school. Debashis also said learning would be more fun through this newly installed system and they would understand their lessons better through the interactive mode.
‘This ambitious project is aimed at providing teaching and learning in an ICT environment and will also enable students with higher technical skills to deal with the 21st century world. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 746 crore,” said a senior officer of the school and mass education department.
The private agencies in charge of infrastructure development for the project will provide teachers and maintenance for the first five years, he added. They will also impart training to the teachers.
Principal of the school Samir Behera said, “The ICT lab will be of a great use to our students who are very interested in learning through technology. Besides, advanced technology will make the teaching-learning process easier for both teachers and students.”
The Odisha Knowledge Corporation Limited (OKCL) has been preparing e-content in various subjects for the programme for classes VIII and IX. Students and teachers will regularly use these e-content from the next academic year onwards. “The e-content will be more useful when a particular subject teacher is absent,” said the official. In the second phase, another 200 schools will be included in the programme.